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Depleted Jacks offer Bears different look


After Sunday's embarrassing 5-2 loss to Adirondack, a little change of personnel probably wouldn't hurt the Skipjacks.

Although it comes out of necessity and not punishment, the Jacks will have a new look for tonight's American Hockey League game with the Hershey Bears at the Arena.

The team's leading scorers, Alfie Turcotte and Steve Maltais, will be with the Washington Capitals at the Cap Centre tonight facing the New Jersey Devils.

The Caps have sent the Jacks hard-hitting center Rob Murray, on a two-week conditioning basis, to fill the void.

"I'd say it gives us a totally different look," said Jacks coach Robbie Laird. "I don't expect a lot of offense from what we have now so our defense is going to be expected to allow less goals to compensate. I also expect a lot of checking and grinding from the forward lines."

Murray, who has three assists in 17 games with the Caps, will play with the Jacks' two biggest forwards, Jeff Greenlaw and Steve Seftel, while the rest of the offense is in a state of flux.

"I have a lot of ways I can go and we're just going to play it by ear," Laird said.

Another change will be made in goal.

Olaf Kolzig, who was the Capitals' backup in Pittsburgh Wednesday night, will be Shawn Simpson's backup tonight for the Jacks. The Caps are expected to start Don Beaupre, who allowed just one goals against the Penguins, while Mike Liut will serve as the alternate. Jim Hrivnak is still nursing a sore left knee.

The Jacks (14-11-1), holding second place in the AHL's Southern Division, have fallen four points behind Adirondack (14-8-5). They will have a chance to gain ground tomorrow when they travel to Glens Falls, N.Y., for a 7:30 game.

The Caps complete a home-and-home with New Jersey at the Meadowlands tomorrow night.

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